War On Terror Argumentative

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Terrorism has threatened the human population for as long as humans have existed. Terror is a person or thing that causes intense fear while terrorism is the systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal. (Centre for Human Rights, 3) Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled to, including the right to life, liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. (Centre for Human Rights, 5) “War on Terror” has created more general concerns for the enacted in its name. With violent actions being caused with only political interests in mind, humanity suffers more than the government. The war on terrorism has led to increased security, surveillance of the general population, as well as specific groups of interest. After the September 11th attacks on the United States, the U.S. declared a “war on terror.” Within American people, it was economic insecurity that aroused the greatest anxiety among them, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance,” said President Franklin D. Roosevelt. That had involved “open and covert military operations, new security legislation, efforts to block the financing of terrorism, and more.” The effort has included several wars, lately the Iraq war and recently, Syria and also the war in Afghanistan.

In 1967, Israel kept Palestinian areas under their control and Israeli troops were stationed there for years; Israelis hoped they might exchange the land they won for Arab countries. In 2005, Israel left Gaza; later a group called Hamas had taken control there. Hamas didn’t want Palestinians to remember that they were responsible for all rocket fire and wanted Palestinians to return to their homes, in Gaza. Many people in the world labeled Hamas a terrorist organization. “In 2012, at...
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